A Powerful Recipe for Pregnancy: Fish Oil and Probiotics

Food allergies, and a specific skin condition called eczema, are rapidly increasing in the youth population. Now, in what may be the largest study of its kind ever performed, researchers are studying a woman’s diet during pregnancy, as well as duration of breast-feeding post-birth, to assess a child’s susceptibility to allergies, as well as risk for conditions like eczema and autoimmune disorders. British investigators, evaluating over 1.5 million people, have come up with some very compelling information.

The research is what’s called a meta-analysis, meaning that it is review of previous studies (over 400 in this case) involving over 1.5 million people, and dating as far back as 1946. The researchers discovered that there was a weak, but nonetheless demonstrable, relationship between breast-feeding and reduced risk of eczema during infancy, as well as reduced risk for type I diabetes. In addition, probiotics seemed to reduce the risk of allergic reactions to cow’s milk.

The data, however, was much more supportive of the relationship between taking a probiotic supplement while 36 – 38 weeks pregnant, and during the first 3 to 6 months of breast-feeding, and risk for childhood eczema. In fact, in those women taking probiotics, risk for eczema in their child was reduced by 22%. The scientist noted that most of the probiotics contained a bacterium called Lactobacillus rhamnosus.

Again, this is a meta-analysis study, not an interventional trial where people either get an intervention or a placebo. That said, scientists in Finland recently tried to determine if probiotics, given to pregnant women, might reduce the chance of their babies developing eczema. Women were selected if they themselves had allergies, as this increases the chances that their babies will develop eczema. The study involved several hundred women, half of whom were given a probiotic during their last two months of pregnancy, as well as during the first two months of breastfeeding. The other group received a placebo. The results of the study were dramatic: the risk of developing eczema in the probiotic group was an astounding 70% lower than the placebo group.

Getting back to this new report, women who avoided things like nuts, dairy, and eggs during pregnancy did not change the risk for allergy to these foods in their children, nor was there any relationship to eczema risk.

Allergy to eggs is extremely common in young children, occurring as often as 1 in 20. Fortunately, as many as 80% of children will “grow out” of this allergy. Nonetheless, the study found that when pregnant women took a fish oil capsule each day from 20 weeks pregnant through the first 3 to 4 months of breastfeeding, their child experienced an approximately 30% reduction in risk for egg allergy.

In commenting on this data, the lead author of the study, Dr. Robert Boyle from the department of medicine at Imperial College London explained:

Food allergies and eczema in children are a growing problem across the world. Although there has been a suggestion that what a woman eats during pregnancy may affect her babies risk for developing allergies or eczema, until now there has never been such a comprehensive analysis of the data… Our research suggests probiotic and fish oil supplements may reduce a child’s risk of developing an allergic condition, and these findings need to be considered when guidelines for pregnant women are updated.

Fish oil has long been recognized as playing an important role in brain development, likely because of its DHA content. DHA, like EPA, has important immune regulation activity, and this might well explain the relationship to reduced risk for egg allergy in this study.

The gut bacteria similarly play a critical role in regulating the immune system, and so it is not a huge surprise to see this dramatic relationship between probiotics and reduced risk for things like eczema.

To learn more about recommendations to consider during pregnancy, visit our dedicated Pregnancy Focus Area here on the site.

The Empowering Neurologist – David Perlmutter, MD, and Max Lugavere

As we have talked about so many times in these pages, our lifestyle choices play a fundamental role in determining not just how our brain functions today, but its long-term destiny as well.

My good friend Max Lugavere became a globally-recognized citizen scientist, as it relates to brain degeneration, as a consequence of his mother’s battle with a neurodegenerative condition. In his new book, Genius Foods, Max details how he was basically left empty-handed at being able to do anything meaningful to help his mother in her battle. He visited many of our country’s most well-respected academic institutions and hospitals, and ultimately received nothing more than a list of meaningless medications.

Thus began his journey to understand the fundamentals of what causes a good brain to go bad. The information in his new book is incredibly well-researched and represents rock solid science.

Let me tell you a little bit more about Max. He is a filmmaker, TV personality, and health and science journalist. He is the director of the upcoming film Bread Head, a powerful documentary about dementia prevention through diet and lifestyle.

He has contributed to Medscape, Vice, Fast Company, and The Daily Beast and has been featured on NBC Nightly News, the Dr. Oz Show, The Doctors, and in The Wall Street Journal.

He is a sought-after speaker, having been  invited to lecture at esteemed academic institutions such as the New York Academy of Sciences and Weill Cornell Medicine, and has created materials being used around the world to teach physicians and other healthcare providers about the clinical practice of dementia prevention. 

If you want to follow Max’s journey, visit his website, or follow him on Facebook or Instagram.

The Empowering Neurologist – David Perlmutter and Dr. Bruce Blumberg

Today’s Empowering Neurologist interview is with Dr. Bruce Blumberg, author of the new book, The Obesogen Effect.   

Being overweight is not just the result of diet or not enough exercise. According to leading-edge science, there are silent saboteurs in our daily lives that contribute significantly to our obesity epidemic: obesogens. These weight-inducing offenders, most of which are chemicals, disrupt our hormonal systems, alter how we create and store fat, and change how we respond to dietary choices. Because they are largely unregulated, obesogens lurk all around us: in food, furniture, plastic products such as water bottles and food storage containers. Research has even shown that the effects of some obesogens can be passed on to future generations by irreversibly interfering with the expression of our genes. The good news is we can protect ourselves by becoming more informed consumers.

In THE OBESOGEN EFFECT, Dr. Bruce Blumberg describes how obesogens work, reveals where they are found, and offers a practical three-step solution for reducing exposures. He explains why one size does NOT fit all in a weight loss program, what hides in our household goods, and how we should shop for items we buy every day, from vegetables and meats to canned soup and household cleaners, air fresheners and personal care products. THE OBESOGEN EFFECT is an urgent call to action to protect your body, clean up your life, and set a straight course for better health.

The Microbiome – Implications for Global Health, by David Perlmutter MD

What science has revealed over the past decade about the role our resident microbes play in keeping us healthy has truly been remarkable. It’s now clear that the more than 100 trillion microbes living on and within us are, moment to moment, playing a fundamental role in virtually every system within the human body. Who would have conceived that research would have revealed, for example, that the bacteria living within the colon are helping shape our mood, regulating our appetite, manufacturing health-sustaining vitamins, controlling our immune systems and inflammation, and even influencing the expression of our DNA?

This expanding science is compelling, humbling, and, at the same time, empowering, as we now are beginning to make real inroads into understanding how changes in the microbiome (the collection of the microbes, their genetic material, and the metabolic products they create) affect health, disease resistance and longevity.

It’s certainly clear that so many of our lifestyle choices, including diet, sleep, exercise, nutritional supplements, managing stress, socializing, etc., influence our state of health. And over the years, studies have identified the direct mechanisms whereby these factors influenced health, for better or worse.

These days however, we are seeing a proliferation of research that seeks to explain how these important factors influence health as seen through the lens of the microbiome. So, in a sense, this is a two-step process. Lifestyle choices affect the health of our resident microbes, and they in turn influence our health.

Hippocrates is credited with stating, “All disease begins in the gut.” And while this dictum certainly doesn’t account for things like trauma, as it relates to so many of our modern diseases, it’s well on track. Changes in the gut bacteria are, for example, strongly related to chronic degenerative diseases (think Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, and coronary artery disease), which, as a classification, have been determined by the World Health Organization to represent the number one cause of death on the planet, surpassing infectious diseases, trauma, and even war.

This means that the state of health of the human microbiome is directly involved in the globe’s leading cause of death.

In terms of nurturing the gut bacteria to prevent these ailments, without a doubt the most important consideration is food. Our food choices have an overriding impact on the health, diversity, and productivity of our resident microbes. Unquestionably, the most important task for each of us is to supply our bacteria with prebiotic fiber, the unique type of dietary fiber that is not digested by us humans, but allows our microbes to thrive. Foods rich in this special fiber include dandelion greens, garlic, onions, leeks, chicory root, Jerusalem artichoke, asparagus, and many other fruits and vegetables. Health food stores are helpful for those who may not be eating enough prebiotic-rich foods by supplying effective prebiotic supplements derived from natural sources like acacia gum and baobab fruit.

It’s also important to embrace the fact that so many of our day-to-day choices can seriously threaten the health of the microbiome and, as such, open the door to threatening health issues. For example, French researchers showed a strong relationship between the consumption of artificially-sweetened beverages and risk for developing type-2 diabetes. This massive 2013 study evaluated the diets of close to 70,000 women, following them for 14 years. The scientists discovered that, compared to those not consuming soda, those who drank artificially sweetened beverages had about a 200% increased risk for becoming diabetic, and this result was far higher than the risk for those women drinking the sugar sweetened beverages (34%). [i]

The following year, Israeli researchers went about trying to understand these findings. In their study (Artificial sweeteners induce glucose intolerance by altering the gut microbiota), they demonstrated dramatic changes occurring in the microbiomes of both humans and animals induced by artificial sweeteners along with important metabolic changes specifically related to glucose tolerance, the hallmark of diabetes. Other issues the human subjects experienced included weight gain, increased central obesity, higher fasting blood sugar, as well as elevation of HbA1C, a marker of average blood sugar. Even more intriguing was the researchers’ demonstration that transferring human fecal microbial material to normal laboratory animals almost immediately affected their blood sugars, as is seen in diabetics. The authors concluded:

Artificial sweeteners were extensively introduced into our diets with the intention of reducing caloric intake and normalizing blood glucose levels without compromising the human ‘sweet tooth’. Together with other major shifts that occurred in human nutrition, this increase in (non-caloric sweeteners) consumption coincides with the dramatic increase in the obesity and diabetes epidemics. Our findings suggest that (non-caloric sweeteners) may have directly contributed to enhancing the exact epidemic that they themselves were intended to fight.[ii]

American researchers studied close to 4,000 adult subjects for 9 years and showed a direct dose response relationship between the consumption of diet drinks and obesity. This means that the more diet drinks were consumed, the more weight was gained. [iii]

It’s important to understand the vast implications of these studies. These alterations in the microbiome that enhance metabolic changes affecting things like glucose balance and body fat are of great concern as just these two factors alone have been associated with increased risk for a large list of health issues including cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, depression, and even Alzheimer’s disease (see further down). So the health implications related to damaging the microbiome with artificial sweeteners go well beyond diabetes.

It’s now clear that dementia, specifically Alzheimer’s dementia. may also share in this relationship. Boston researchers, publishing in the journal Stroke, followed 1,484 elderly individuals for 10 years. Their evaluations included not only frequent testing of their brain function, but also keeping track of their diets as part of the Framingham Heart Study. The results of this enduring project revealed an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease, nearly 3-fold, in chronic consumers of artificially-sweetened beverages. Interestingly, stroke risk was increased almost as much. Moreover, there was no increased risk of stroke or Alzheimer’s disease in those who consumed sugar-sweetened beverages. In their conclusion, the authors explained their findings by stating:

Artificial sweeteners have been shown to cause glucose intolerance in mice by altering gut microbiota and are associated with dysbiosis (negative changes in the gut bacteria) and glucose intolerance in humans.[iv]

This is important since diabetes has been associated with as much as a 4-fold increase in risk for the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

Further, to date, efforts by pharmaceutical companies to develop any meaningful treatment for Alzheimer’s disease have come up empty-handed. This is to say that there is currently no meaningfully effective treatment for Alzheimer’s, now affecting some 40 million people around the globe. As Dr. Michael Schnaider Beeri recently stated in the journal Neurology:

Despite great scientific efforts to find treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, only 5 medications are marketed, with limited beneficial effects, on a limited number of patients, without modification of the disease course.[v]

This fact should really encourage us to take a serious look at factors known to be associated with increased risk for this disease. And it seems pretty clear that artificial sweeteners, likely by virtue of their damaging effects on the microbiome, show strong association.

While it’s instructive to explore how dietary choices like the use of artificial sweeteners may connect to risk for serious health issues through their effects on the microbiome, the upside of these findings is that they will undoubtedly spur research that investigates how the microbiome, once damaged, may be restored. This represents a very new playing field for medical researchers that is replete with huge potential, especially as it relates to these compelling chronic degenerative conditions.


[i] Guy Fagherazzi,  , et al., Consumption of artificially and sugar-sweetened beverages and incident type 2 diabetes in the Etude Epidémiologique auprès des femmes de la Mutuelle Générale de l’Education Nationale–European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition Cohort. Am J Clin Nutr 2013;97:517–23

[ii] Suez J, Korem T, et al. Artificial sweeteners induce glucose intolerance by altering the gut microbiota. Nature. 2014;514:181–186

[iii] Sharon P. Fowler, et al., Fueling the Obesity Epidemic? Artificially Sweetened Beverage Use and Long-term Weight Gain. Epidemiology. Obesity (2008) 16, 1894–1900

[iv] Matthew P. Pase, et al.  Sugar- and Artificially Sweetened Beverages and the Risks of Incident Stroke and Dementia A Prospective Cohort Study. Stroke. May, 2017;48

[v] Michael Schnaider Beeri. Brain BDNF expression as a biomarker for cognitive reserve against disease progression. Neurology, 2016 Feb 23;86(8):702-3

Ketosis and Memory in Cognitively-Impaired Adults

There is certainly a lot of discussion these days about the ketogenic diet, especially as it relates to brain function. I thought it would be instructive to review one of the most important, and early, research studies in this area, as it reveals several very important findings that are worthy of attention.

The study, Effects of beta-hydroxybutyrate on cognition in memory-impaired adults, dates back to 2003. Why this is relevant with respect to the ketogenic diet is because beta-hydroxybutyrate is one of the ketones produced when somebody is in ketosis. The ketogenic diet is one that is aggressive in terms lowering dietary carbohydrate intake while increasing dietary fats. The production of ketones is amplified in people who supplement with things like coconut oil or MCT oil.

In this study, 20 subjects who had either Alzheimer’s disease or mild cognitive impairment were given either a drink containing MCTs or a placebo. Blood studies were done to measure the level of beta hydroxybutyrate.

In addition, the subjects underwent cognitive testing to determine if there was any change in brain performance. Further, all the subjects were studied genetically with respect to whether or not they carried the APOE-4 allele. This is an important part of the study, in that it is known that carrying this allele is associated with increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

The results of the research are really instructive:

  • First, the researchers demonstrated that taking MCT treatment had significant impact in terms of raising blood levels of beta-hydroxybutyrate. Interestingly, those who tested positive for APOE-4 had a continued increase in their beta-hydroxybutyrate levels between the 90 and 120 minute blood draws, whereas those not positive for APOE-4 had blood levels of beta-hydroxybutyrate that did not increase after 90 minutes.
  • Further, cognitive testing revealed that in those individuals who were APOE-4 positive, even though their beta-hydroxybutyrate levels were increased on the MCT treatment, it did not improve their cognitive performance. In contrast, cognitive performance was clearly increased when those individuals not carrying APOE-4 were given the MCT treatment.
  • Lastly, the degree of improvement in paragraph recall, a measurement of memory, was tightly related to blood levels of beta-hydroxybutyrate in all groups.

This study shows an overall positive effect of MCT treatment in those individuals who do not carry the APOE-4 allele (the APOE-4 allele is present in about 20-25% of the United States population). It is easy to test for this allele without involvement of a healthcare provider by simply trying a genetic testing product like 23 and Me.

Nonetheless, there is certainly plenty of science to suggest that ketosis and the use of MCT oil offer other benefits which would not likely be involved with APOE-4 including lowering of blood sugar, weight loss, and increase in insulin sensitivity.

AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge Review: Does it Work?

What is it?

The AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge is a weight loss plan that offers supplements, nutrition advice and much more. A daily guide, an app, and coaching are also provided to help promote results.

The diet uses 2 different phases to help cleanse the body, improve nutrient absorption, aid wellness, and support well-rounded weight loss. There are many different supplements offered as well as the company’s own meal replacement shake. There’s even workout DVD’s that offer different exercises. Our review experts find and examine many kinds of weight loss plans. They’ve found that the most effective for weight loss is the 18Shake Diet. It offers a meal replacement shake which suppresses appetite for hours, and a fat burning diet pill that’s free of stimulants. Both use natural ingredients and have many customer reviews and testimonials showcasing weight loss results. Learn more about the 18Shake Diet by clicking on the link cited here.

Do You Know the Best Diets of 2018?

AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge Ingredients and Side Effects

The brands are OmegaPlex, Herbal Cleanse System, AdvoCare Spark, Metabolic Nutrition System, meal replacement shake, Catalyst, ThermoPlys, and Carb-Ease Plus. Here are some select ingredients found in the supplements and meal replacement offered:

 

Artificial Flavors

 

 

Gum Arabic

 

 

Guar Gum

 

 

Sucralose

 

 

Green Coffee Extract (Svetol)

 

 

Oolong Tea Extract

 

 

Guarana Extract

 

 

Sage Extract

 

 

Green Tea Extract

 

 

Chinese Licorice Root

 

 

Taurine

 

 

Guggul Gum Resin

 

 

Gotu Kola Leaf

 

 

Rutin

 

 

Spirulina Extract

 

Artificial Flavors: This unnatural ingredient is added to help provide a certain flavor that would be difficult to preserve. It can be extracted from many things including tar, oil, and chemicals.

Our review experts have compiled a comprehensive list of the highest rated weigh loss diets.

Gum Arabic: This sap taken from the acacia tree is used to help stabilize and thicken other ingredients as well as provide fiber. It can potentially cause side effects such as:

Breathing issues.

         • Skin lesions.

Bloating, gas, and loose stools.

Sucralose: Synthetic sweetener that is used to substitute sugar. It’s up to 1,000 times sweeter than regular table sugar. A clinical review featured in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health reviewed sucralose and found:

“exerted numerous adverse effects, including reduction in beneficial fecal microflora, increased fecal pH, and enhanced expression levels of P-gp”

This study showed it has a serious damaging effect on the body. P-gp is only released when a contaminant enters. This means it is treated as a contaminant.

Green Coffee Extract (Svetol): A patented form of unroasted coffee bean. It’s used to help raise metabolism via its caffeine and chlorogenic acids. Possible side effect may include:

Insomnia, headaches, and difficulty concentrating.

         • Nervousness, anxiety, and restlessness.

         • Insomnia, difficulty breathing, and rapid heart rate.

         • Ringing in the ears, vomiting, and upset stomach.

Oolong Tea Extract: This tea is made from the camellia sinensis plant. It’s included due to its natural caffeine which is used to improve alertness and increase metabolism.

It can lead to side effects similar to the ones listed in the Green Coffee Bean Extract (Svetol) section.

Guarana Extract: The seeds of this plant contain stimulants such as theobromine and caffeine. They help to stimulate the central nervous system and aid weight loss. Web MD adds:

“Guarana is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken by mouth in high doses for a long time”

“LIKELY UNSAFE and even deadly, due to its caffeine content, when taken by mouth… in very high doses”

It can lead to side effects such as:

Tremors, jitters, and nausea.

         • Delirium, rapid heart rate, and high blood pressure.

         • Agitation, anxiety, and ringing in the ears.

Green Tea Extract: This substance is added to help increase metabolism and promote fat burning. It contains caffeine and the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health mentions:

“There have been some case reports of liver problems in people taking concentrated green tea extracts”

Furthermore, though it’s used for weight loss:

“There are not enough reliable data to determine whether green tea can aid in weight loss”

Guggul Gum Resin: Extract taken from the mukul tree. It is added to help lower both triglycerides and cholesterol. Web MD adds:

“It can cause side effects such as stomach upset, headaches, nausea, vomiting, loose stools, diarrhea, belching, and hiccups”

To find out which weight loss diets were ranked as the best, click the link here.

EDITOR’S TIP: Combine this diet with a proven meal replacement such as 18 Shake for better results.

AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge Quality of Ingredients

Stimulants, binders, thickeners, and cheap processed ingredients are added to the supplements offered. This makes it a very poor assortment of supplements. There are also so many different varieties one must use that it can make keeping up with supplementation difficult.

Many of the supplements aren’t necessary either. The 6 total products are meant to cleanse and provide well-rounded weight loss benefits, but the ingredients aren’t all high quality. There’s a possibility for unwanted side effects in each item one chooses.

The Price and Quality of AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge

The total 6 supplements, workout DVD series, nutrition guide, tools, and online coaching cost $195.70. This is of course for 24 days total of products and support. Two additional supplements are also advised but not required, this raises the price even further with each brand ranging $31.50 to $37.95.

Due to the lack of quality ingredients and many possible side effects, it’s a very poor mixture of supplements. There’s a possibility for side effects due to the stimulants provided.

It’s also very expensive to use the AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge. Overall it’s a highly priced combination of many cheap additives. For a comprehensive listing of the top ranked weight loss diets, click the link cited.

Business of AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge

The name of the company Is AdvoCare International, L.P, their contact information is listed as:

Address: 2801 Summit Ave

Plano, Texas 75074

Phone Number: (800) 542-4800

They have a total of 24 complaints on their Better Business Bureau page. People have complained about the customer service, and concerns with their representatives being difficult to deal with. Here are some direct quotes taken from customer complaints:

“poor communication skills, poor customer service skills, poor resolution skills, and a lack of customer service skills”

“I have spent thousands of dollars on your company and have had a horrible experience”

“I was talked down to and chastised”

Since the company operates a multilevel marketing campaign, you often have to deal with the representatives of the company. There were concerns from people who said the company lets unhelpful people sell their brands. Many had complaints due to a lack of support.

There were also issues people had with the company honoring their money back return policy. Trying to secure a refund was impossible for some users who made sure they followed the return demands.

Discover which weight loss diets were listed as top ranking by visiting the link provided here.

EDITOR’S TIP: The top 10 list of the best diets is available here.

Customer Opinions of AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge

Here are some reviews about the entire system:

“started shaking uncontrollably from the amount of sucralose in the spark drink”

“what a waste of time and money. It made me sick to my stomach”

“I began to feel lightheaded, dizzy, heartbeat racing, increase pulse in my blood pressure shot up”

“I spent the entire challenge being constipated, with no bowel movement for the first 4 days”

The majority of reviews for this system are incredibly negative. There are currently 70 critical reviews on their Amazon.com page.

People often complained about not just a lack of weight loss, but also of experiencing dangerous side effects. This included rashes, headaches rapid heart rate, diarrhea, loose stools, increased bathroom usage, jitters, difficulty concentrating, vomiting, and other side effects.

Those who researched the ingredients mentioned that they would not have started this plan knowing it contained many potentially harmful additives. There were even a few users who had to be hospitalized due to their side effects. Click the link provided for a list of the highest rated weight loss diets.

Conclusion – Does AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge Work?

The AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge offers support via online tools, workout DVD’s, a guide and, many kinds of supplements. While this seems very comprehensive, many users mention that it failed to produce any real weight loss. There were also numerous complaints about both the lack of a money back guarantee, and side effects. Customers often had to quit using the supplements due to extreme symptoms that made them ill. People also mentioned how dealing with the company is difficult, and that they were not allowed to make a return within the claimed money back return coverage.

Our review experts have found that out of all the diets available, the 18Shake Diet provides the most effective results. It has a fat burning diet pill and an appetite suppressing meal replacement shake. They contain only natural ingredients free of fillers colors, preservatives, stimulants, fillers, or any cheap additives. They help to boost metabolism, increase fat loss, and aid wellness with pure extracts, vitamins and minerals, and rich protein and fiber.

Users have left glowing testimonials to showcase how effective it is for weight loss. Each ingredient is manufactured in a GMP certified facility to ensure quality. Discover more information about the 18Shake Diet by clicking the link here.

Isagenix. – Diet Review

What is it?

Isagenix Isalean is a meal replacement shake said to be clinically shown to support lean muscle growth and weight loss. There are a total of 23 vitamins and minerals, and 24 grams of protein added.

It claims to be the superior meal replacement shake due to its high nutrients and low sodium, fat, and cholesterol. You can blend this shake with water as well as milk to make an instant drink.  They also add that their protein is made without hormones or antibiotics. So is this truly a weight loss solution? What kinds of effects are possible from this shake? This Isagenix Isalean review has all the information needed to make an informed decision. In reviewing many meal replacements our review experts concluded the best overall is 18Shake. Learn more about the most effective weight loss meal replacement  known as18Shake by clicking here.

Do You Know the Best Diet Shakes of 2018?

Isagenix Ingredients and Side Effects

Milk Protein Concentrate: A 40 to 90% protein by weight milk extract that is spray dried and processed.

It’s a cheap way to provide protein, and it’s often added to many processed foods to increase the protein yield.

The Food and Water Watch group has issued concerns over the safety of this ingredient. Since it’s widely imported in from countries with different safety standards, the group adds that there is a risk for toxic effects:

“food safety problems like melamine adulteration”

Melamine can potentially cause organ damage and a series of health problems. According to the Food and Water Watch organization, pasteurization does not kill melamine, and it has been shown in other milk protein concentrate blends in high amounts.

Fructose: Fruit sugar that is added to provide a sweet taste, but it has no nutritional value. This is considered one of the worst sweeteners, due to its ability to cause numerous health problems. The Louisiana University System ran a study on fructose and showed that it:

no artificial flavors

helps with hunger**

soy free

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price*

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protein

carbs*

sodium*

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isagenix

Isagenix

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isagenix
isagenix
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240

24

24

240

isagenix

Vega One

isagenix
isagenix
isagenix
isagenix
isagenix

$2.80

123

15

12

130mg

isagenix

GNC Lean

isagenix
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isagenix
isagenix
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$1.90

200

25

17

120

isagenix

Shakeology

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“may have detrimental effects…  (may have a) future risk of cardiovascular disease”

This study showed an increase of cholesterol which can cause many complications. Another study outlined by the group mentioned there was:

“reduced 24-h plasma insulin and leptin concentrations”

Leptin is the satiety hormone which lets the body know it’s no longer hungry. By altering this, it can cause increased hunger and an elevated risk for obesity.

Fructose is stored in the liver where it can potentially cause negative health effects. Multiple studies have concluded that this ingredient shouldn’t be eaten, as it can be substituted with more wholesome sweeteners.

Click on the link provided to see our expert reviewed list of the top ranked meal replacement shakes.

Xanthan Gum: Thickener found in many processed foods, it’s made from a mixture of fermented sugar and bacteria.

It’s possible for it to promote side effects that include:

    •  Bloating and flatulence.

 

    •  Stomach problems, loose stools, and diarrhea.

 

This is a cheap ingredient that provides fiber and thickening properties.

EDITOR’S TIP: Combine this supplement with a proven meal replacement such as 18Shake for better results.

Isagenix Quality of Ingredients

There’s a high amount of calories at 240, and a total of 11 grams of sugar which comes from sweeteners like fructose. This is considered the worst sweetener for weight loss, since it does not reduce appetite, and it can cause cardiovascular damage.

The high amount of calories means you have to burn more in order to lose weight. It’s important to limit calories as much as possible in order to promote weight gain. 2 shakes provide 480 calories, which is significantly higher than other meal replacements.

There’s also a lot of protein at 24 grams, but not all of it is quality whey. Some of it comes from cheap non-fat milk and milk protein concentrate. Both of these can be purchased for much cheaper elsewhere.

Overall, the ingredients in this amount to too much calories and sugar to promote healthy weight loss. Some of these additives are cheap and may actually lead to weight gain. The top 10 list features the best shakes out now, click here for more information.

Whey Protein Concentrate Milk Protein Concentrate Low-heat nonfat dry milk Isomaltooligosaccharide powder,
Fructose, Sunflower Oil Powder Natural Flavors Olive oil powder Flax Seed Powder Xanthan Gum
Tapioca Maltodextrin Medium Chain Triglyceride Oil Powder Cinnamon Powder
Ionic Alfalfa Magnesium Oxide Tricalcium Phosphate Potassium Citrate
Magnesium Citrate Apple Juice Powder Sea Salt Enzyme Blend
Cellulase Invertase Protease Amylase
Bromelain, Papain Acid Stable Protease Silicon Dioxide Yucca
Vitamin C Magnesium Stearate Psyllium Seed Powder Biotin
Selenium Amino Acid Chelate Lactobacillus Acidophilus Vitamin E Succinate Copper Amino Acid Chelate
Beta Carotene Zinc Oxide Manganese Amino Acid Chelate Iodine Amino Acid Chelate
Niacinamide d-Calcium Pantothenate Cholecalciferol Chromium Amino Acid Chelate
Niacin Molybdenum Amino Acid Chelate Pyridoxine Hydrochloride Cyanocobalamin
Riboflavin Thiamin Hydrochloride Folic Acid

EDITOR’S TIP: Combine this supplement with a proven meal replacement such as 18Shake for better results.

The Price and Quality of Isagenix

A 14 serving canister sells for $51.95. So if you were to do 2 shakes a day for a total of 28 days’ worth, the price would be $207.80.

This is exceptionally higher than the average meal replacement shake. Though this shake does have a lot of protein at 24 grams, not all of it is from a quality source. 2 of the 3 protein ingredients are cheap and commonly found.

There’s also an alarming amount of sugar at 11 grams. If you drink 2 shakes this amounts to 22 grams of sugar.

To put that in perspective, the American Heart Association advises for men and women to set a limit as the following maximum:

Men: 37.5 grams of sugar.

Women: 25 grams of sugar.

Women would meet this limit with just 2 added grams of sugar. Worst of all, the kind of sugar used is fructose; multiple studies have shown it can lead to obesity and metabolic disorders. It’s a cheap sweetener that may actually make it harder to lose weight even with diet and exercise.

For the kinds of ingredients added to this shake, it’s greatly overpriced. Much of this shake is a combination of unnecessary ingredients as well such as digestive enzymes. Many of these ingredients are not needed for people who are healthy.

Digestive enzymes are typically only given to people who have malfunctioning bodies. This raises the overall cost of this shake unnecessarily.

There’s simply not enough quality ingredients added to justify the high cost. Follow this link to see a list of the top ranked meal replacement shakes.

Business of Isagenix

The creators of this brand are Isagenix International, they’re a multilevel marketing company and the y can be reached below:

Phone Number: (480) 889-5777

Address: 2225 S. Prince Road

Chandler, Arizona 85286

The company has 43 complaints on their Better Business Bureau page. Here’s what some have had to say:

“company has sales agent committing in fraudulent sales practices”

“set up an unauthorized auto-payment”

“I never should have gotten involved with this company”

“I have been completely scammed out of money”

Auto shipment was a major concern for customers, since they couldn’t escape these monthly contracts. This form of sales makes it so your credit card is automatically charged each month.

Many tried escaping this but customers often complained that the customer service staff was unresponsive and unhelpful. Many continued to be charged even after repeat emails and phone calls.

It’s unknown if this issue can be fixed, or if the company truly doesn’t respond to customer complaints. Provided here is a comprehensive list showcasing the most effective meal replacement shakes for weight loss.

EDITOR’S TIP: For the best results with meal replacement shakes diet our experts recommend to use it at least 5 months. Save your money buying a few bags of meal replacement product.

Customer Opinions of Isagenix

There are many reviews available online. Here’s what a few customers have had to say about Isagenix Isalean:

“didn’t have a weight loss success sand it wasn’t satisfying to my appetite”

“taste was terrible”

“would end up with a bad head ache every afternoon”

“Too thick with a chalky texture. Not easy to drink and little flavor”

Many had issues with the taste. People said it was artificial tasting, that it does not blend well, and that it has a chalky and odd texture.

A lack of weight loss results and side effects were also listed. Some experienced nausea, upset stomach, headaches, and diarrhea. People also failed to lose any weight even with diet and exercise. This might be due to the high 240 calories.

Customers were also disappointed to learn they couldn’t get a return on this product. People have tried to call the customer support staff, but they were often told that they couldn’t get their money back. To find the very best 10 meal replacement shakes, you can click here.

Conclusion – Does Isagenix Work?

Isagenix Isalean’s shake is marketed well, but it’s loaded with sugar and calories. There’s also a lot of protein added, but once you research what kinds of ingredients are included, you realize it’s not a quality meal replacement. The protein added is cheap and can be found for a reduced price elsewhere. Many customers have also complained about the taste, lack of weight loss, and the hard to drink consistency.

There are better options which have only 1 gram of sugar, no added fructose, only high quality whey protein, and great reviews to back up their weight loss claims.  The very best meal replacement of 2018 is 18Shake.

This meal replacement has a high amount of quality whey protein, no fillers, and customers agree it tastes good and is helpful for real weight loss. This is why this shake has many testimonials from customers who have continued to lose weight. People have also raved about the ease of making it, and the rich consistency that makes it a flavorful shake.

18Shake is made in a GMP certified facility to ensure routine quality control inspections. It also has a low calorie formula shown effective for losing weight. Click on the link here to learn more about 18Shake.

A Healthy Alternative To Sugar

You don’t have to look far these days to find sugar-free treats, beverages, and candy. Unfortunately, not all sugar-free products are good! In recent years there’s been an upsurge in products containing harmful synthetic sweeteners such as aspartame.

Luckily, there are lots of natural sweeteners out there that are just fine for including in your Candida diet. In fact, many even have some health benefits!

Xylitol and stevia are already well-known natural sweeteners, with new ones such as monk fruit also on the rise. Let’s take a look at another new kid on the sweetener block: erythritol.

What is Erythritol?

Erythritol is a sugar alcohol that occurs naturally in certain fruits and some fermented foods. It can also be produced by fermenting glucose with yeast.

Erythritol’s selling point is that it’s 60-70 percent as sweet as table sugar – and yet it’s almost calorie-free. Best of all, it has none of the negative effects of sugar: it doesn’t affect blood sugar levels, doesn’t cause tooth decay, and doesn’t contribute to weight gain.

The reason for this is that the body cannot break erythritol down in the gut. This means you can’t obtain any calories from the erythritol that you eat. Most of the erythritol is simply passed out of the body as waste.

Erythritol is only partially absorbed into the bloodstream in the small intestine, with most being flushed out as urine. Because 90 percent of erythritol is absorbed into the bloodstream before it reaches the large intestine, it doesn’t tend to cause a laxative effect like other sugar alcohols. This is sometimes the case with xylitol and maltitol.

Erythritol is often used to sweeten products such as chewing gum, beverages and some baked goods. It’s also naturally present in grapes, pears, soy sauce and some wines.

Why is Erythritol Suitable On The Candida Diet?

Unlike artificial sweeteners, sugar alcohols occur naturally in certain fruits and vegetables. Sugar alcohols contain neither sugar nor alcohol: they just have a similar chemical structure.

Sugar alcohols take much longer to be broken down into glucose than sugar, and don’t require a lot of insulin. This means they don’t cause a spike in blood sugar levels like sucrose. Even better, they provide a sweet taste without the sugar, which can be very helpful for those craving a ‘sweet treat’ while on the Candida Diet.

Benefits of Erythritol on the Candida Diet:

  • Its Sugar-Free
    Because erythritol is a natural sweetener but contains no sugar, it doesn’t feed the yeast that contribute to Candida overgrowth. And it doesn’t promote tooth decay like sugar.
  • It’s An Antioxidant
    Erythritol is also a proven antioxidant that can fight free radicals that cause cellular damage. It’s also been shown to protect blood vessels of diabetic rats against oxidative stress and prevent hardening of the arteries.
  • It’s Naturally Fermented
    Erythritol can be made by fermenting the natural sugar found in corn. Look for a erythritol that is made from non-GMO corn.
  • It’s Great For Baking
    Erythritol is heat stable up to 160 degrees C. This means those on the Candida Diet can still enjoy sweet baked goods!
  • It Has A Low-Glycemic Index
    Because erythritol doesn’t raise plasma sugar or insulin levels in the way that sugar does, it’s a good option for those with diabetes.
  • It’s Satiating
    Erythritol can slow down the passage of food from the stomach to the small intestine. This has been found to improve satiety. One study showed that adults of a healthy weight felt more satisfied after eating a meal containing erythritol than those who had a meal containing sucrose.

How Does Erythritol Compare To Other Sugar Alcohols?

The most well-known sugar alcohols include xylitol, sorbitol, mannitol and erythritol. Of these, erythritol is hailed as the easiest to digest. This is because most of erythritol is absorbed in the small intestine. The amount that does reach the large intestine isn’t enough to have any significant gastrointestinal effects. This makes it a suitable option for those with a sensitive digestive system, particularly those with Candida overgrowth or other digestive complaints..

Other sugar alcohols (such as xylitol) are not so well-absorbed, which means they pass through the digestive system in large amounts without being broken down. Once they reach the colon, they are occasionally known to cause bloating, diarrhea, and digestive upset.

Those who prefer a less intense sweetener may choose erythritol over other natural sweeteners like stevia, as erythritol is not very sweet on its own. Like monk fruit, erythritol has no aftertaste. However, this means erythritol is often added to other foods and beverages or combined with other sweeteners. Unfortunately, some commercial products may include a blend of erythritol and artificial sweeteners – so it pays to read the nutritional information first!

How To Use Erythritol

Being a soluble sugar alcohol, erythritol melts in high heat and doesn’t caramelize. This means it’s not suitable for baked goods that require a chewy texture. In some recipes, it may be necessary to use erythritol alongside other ingredients such as butter to help to retain moisture.

Erythritol can also be used in place of powdered sugar (such as for cake frosting), by adding it to a blender or food processor and pulsing into a fine powder. To thicken the texture, simply add a starch (such as cornstarch or arrowroot starch) to one cup of powdered sweetener. Some recipes also suggest using a pinch of guar gum and blending together.

NOTE: Sugar alcohols such as erythritol and xylitol don’t react with yeast, so they won’t help bread rise.

Where To Find Erythritol

It’s best to buy erythritol from a reputable health food store. Be sure to check that the erythritol product you’re buying is 100 percent pure: many companies add fillers or other ingredients to erythritol products to make it more palatable or to improve the texture. Some commercial products may even add artificial sweeteners such as aspartame. Check the ingredients first!

For more information on how switching to a low-sugar diet can improve your gut health and restore your energy levels, check out the Ultimate Candida Diet program. I co-wrote it with Dr Eric Wood, and designed it as a simple 5-step plan to get back to perfect health.

A Healthier Alternative To Sugar

Just when you thought you’d tried all the sugar-free natural sweeteners around, along comes a brand-new one: monk fruit! And this may be the best yet.

Although fairly new to the Western market, monk fruit extract has been used as both a sweetener and medicine for centuries. Also known as luo han guo, monk fruit is named for the monks who grew it in southern Chinese mountains hundreds of years ago. It’s part of the gourd family and grows on a vine, but doesn’t usually grow wild.

Monk fruit extract contains some incredible compounds that are 300-400 times sweeter than cane sugar. But, and here’s the real kicker, it’s virtually calorie-free. That means it won’t affect blood sugar levels, and it won’t rot your teeth.

Because monk fruit has a rather short shelf life after being harvested – and an unpleasant rotten taste – it’s rarely eaten fresh. Monk fruit sweetener, on the other hand, is very pleasant and lacks the aftertaste that some other natural sweeteners have.

Why Monk Fruit Is Suitable For The Candida Diet

Monk fruit’s sweet taste is not actually from its sugars but from its antioxidant content! These antioxidants – known as mogrosides – aren’t metabolized by the body in the same way as natural sugar, so they’re not used for energy. The trace amounts of natural sugars in monk fruit – fructose, glucose and other components – are insignificant as a calorie source. This basically means you get the benefits of a sweet taste but in a form that the body doesn’t recognize as calories.

More importantly, the lack of sugars in monk fruit means there’s nothing to feed a Candida overgrowth or indeed any other form of gut dysbiosis. This makes monk fruit a fantastic sugar-free option for satisfying those sugar cravings.

There’s yet another reason for using monk fruit as your anti-Candida sweetener – it’s a proven antimicrobial. Similarly to xylitol, monk fruit has been shown to harbor special properties that inhibit the growth of bacteria in the mouth. These are the type of bacteria that can cause tooth decay and periodontal disease. There is also some evidence that monk fruit may be effective in treating some forms of candida overgrowth such as oral thrush.

Benefits of Monk Fruit

Monk fruit isn’t just a tasty sugar-free sweetener. Here are some other benefits that you should be aware of.

  • It’s An Antioxidant
    Monk fruit harbors an array of health properties that can boost your body’s free-radical fighting powers. In fact, some cultures refer to it as the ‘longevity fruit’, due to its efficacy as an antioxidant. Studies have shown that mogrosides can significantly block harmful reactive oxygen species and prevent DNA oxidative damage. Being both a calorie-free sweetener AND an antioxidant makes monk fruit something of a superfood!
  • It Relieves Heat-Aggravated Conditions
    Monk fruit’s anti-inflammatory properties make it a popular remedy in traditional medicine to relieve the body of heat-related conditions. Chinese herbalists will make tea from boiled monk fruit to help cool the body from ailments such as fever or sunburn.
  • It Can Help Manage Diabetes
    As an antihyperglycemic, monk fruit has been shown to help reduce blood glucose levels in the body. It’s also believed that its antioxidant compounds can help pancreatic cells function more efficiently, improving insulin secretion. Better insulin secretion is a major part of improving diabetic patients’ health, and monk fruit has even shown results in reducing kidney damage and other diabetes-related issues.
  • It Can Clear The Respiratory Tract
    Monk fruit’s expectorant properties make it useful for respiratory ills such as coughs and colds. It’s used to clear away the inflammation to relieve sore throat, and break up phlegm in the throat and lungs. In Chinese medicine, monk fruit’s indications are referred to as “phlegm-fire cough”, sore throat, tonsillitis, acute gastritis, and constipation.

How Does Monk Fruit Compare To Xylitol, Stevia and Erythritol?

When it comes to natural sweeteners, we’re spoiled for choice these days. Xylitol, stevia, and erythritol all have their benefits and uses.

These are all great options for your Candida diet, or in fact any low-sugar eating plan. However, unlike some sugar alcohols, monk fruit doesn’t cause gastrointestinal issues such as bloating and diarrhea. It also doesn’t have the intensely sweet after-taste that some people dislike about stevia.

If you’ve tried these other sweeteners and found that they’re not for you, monk fruit may be the answer.

What To Look For When Buying Monk Fruit Extract

Monk fruit extract or sweetener can be purchased online or in health food stores. Note that the sweetness depends on the concentration of the extract and the number of mogrosides it contains. These mogrosides are ranked from 1-5 in terms of their sweetness. Number 5 is the sweetest, and conveys the most health benefits.

Of course, certain manufacturers may modify the sweetness of a product by adding other ingredients.  When purchasing monk fruit sweeteners, check the ingredients listing for additives. Some commercial products may blend monk fruit with dextrose, molasses and/or sugar alcohols to balance the sweetness. Check the label and be aware of what you’re purchasing.

How To Use Monk Fruit

As an extract, monk fruit can be added to beverages, baking and desserts. Only a very small amount is required, as the sweetness is so powerful!

Dried monk fruit may also be available at Asian supermarkets, and be used in soups and teas. Make a monk fruit tea by simmering around 9-15g of dried monk fruit in boiling water.

Making monk fruit extract involves harvesting the fresh fruit and infusing it with the juice in a hot water infusion. It is then filtered and dried, and the extract is ground to a powder.

Does Monk Fruit Sweetener Make Sense For Your Diet?

Natural sweeteners such as monk fruit provide the sweet taste that we all crave, yet they have virtually no effect on your blood sugar. It’s no secret that most of us consume far too much sugar – and that this is contributing to a huge increase in gut disorders like Candida overgrowth, obesity, and diabetes.

Monk fruit is a healthy, natural alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners. Some people may find it even better than sugar alcohols, which can cause occasional digestive problems. The only tricky part is finding it: monk fruit extract is not yet as readily available as other sweeteners such as stevia, xylitol and erythritol.

If you’re not sure how to eat on the Candida diet, don’t worry! Dr Eric Wood and I have put together a comprehensive guide to the dietary and lifestyle changes that you need to make to restore your gut health and energy levels. Check it out here.

3 Ways You Can Detox Naturally

Today’s modern lifestyle is a minefield of toxins. There are chemicals and pollutants in our air, our food, our drinking water and even the products we apply to our skin. Although there are ways to minimize the amount of toxins we encounter, the truth is that they’re almost impossible to avoid completely.

Unfortunately, these toxins can have a catastrophic effect on your body. Everyday toxins accumulate in the body over time, building up to dangerous levels. They’re absorbed by your cells, muscles, and soft tissues. Eventually, they weaken your entire immune system.

Research has shown that chemical pollutants can suppress normal immune function, increasing your susceptibility to infections and diseases. Considering 70 percent of your immune system is in your gut, this increases your susceptibility to pathogenic bacteria, fungi and yeast – such as Candida overgrowth.

The good news is that there are three ways to detoxify your body naturally: diet, supplements, and daily habits. Make these techniques a regular part of your daily lifestyle and you’ll be on your way to a toxin-free, healthier you!

Natural Detoxification Through Diet

Here are some simple, detoxifying changes that you can make to your diet today.

Increase your water intake

Water helps flush toxins out of your body in the form of sweat, tears, and urine. Choose pure, filtered water from a safe source.

Cut the sugar

Sugar not only increases calorific intake, but can cause inflammation and feed candida. Artificial sweeteners are no better – they’re also toxins!

Eat organic

Many commercially-produced fruits and vegetables contain dangerous pesticides and chemicals, while meats contain antibiotics and hormones. Organic food has more nutrients and fewer pesticides.

Cut processed foods

These often contain preservatives and artificial flavorings that are not only toxic, but increase your appetite.

Add fermented foods and drinks to your diet

These are an excellent source of probiotics which help fight pathogens and yeast. Probiotics also strengthen the immune system, and improve digestion and detoxification.

Sauerkraut is a good source of calcium glucarate, a powerful detoxifier. Research has shown that calcium glucarate helps prevent cancer of the breast and colon.

Natural Liver Detoxification

The liver is the largest organ in the body. It’s also the organ primarily responsible for detoxification: flushing out the various toxins we encounter in our diet, lifestyle and environment. Every one of our body systems is dependent on the liver for ‘cleaning’ the blood of impurities.

The more toxins we ingest, imbibe, and encounter, the greater the burden on the liver. Signs of an overloaded liver include fatigue, headaches, digestive issues, skin problems, and weakened immune function.

A number of supplements can support liver function, including:

Milk thistle

This herb is famous for its active ingredient, silymarin. Silymarin is an important antioxidant and nature’s very own liver nurse. It supports and protects the liver by optimising liver function and detoxification as well as repairing damage done to liver cells caused by disease, alcohol and drugs.

The active ingredients in milk thistle act like your liver’s own personal gatekeeper. It binds to the outside of the liver cell and when toxins enter the body, it fends them off by blocking entry to the liver cell.

Silymarin also takes care of toxins that have already found their way into the cell, seeking them out and neutralising them. Neutralised toxins are then either removed from the bloodstream or converted into water-soluble forms which can be sent out of the body as harmless waste (through the bowels, in your urine or in sweat).

Clinical studies have shown that these mechanisms help to maintain liver health and significantly reduce the risk of long-term liver damage.

Molybdenum

Molybdenum is a mineral naturally present in many foods. It’s especially important to the liver in flushing out toxins.

Molybdenum is required for helping the body make several detoxification enzymes, including aldehyde dehydrogenase and aldehyde oxidase. These enzymes work to neutralize acetaldehyde, a harmful metabolic byproduct of alcohol, yeast and fungi.

Candida overgrowth often leads to an excess of this neurotoxin, causing it to build up in the blood, liver and other tissues. This seriously burdens the immune system.

Molybdenum also helps the body synthesize enzymes that oxidize the sulfites in preservatives, as well as neutralizing toxins involved in protein metabolism. In addition molybdenum is involved with expelling excess copper from the body and preventing dental cavities caused by minerals stored in tooth enamel.

Most importantly, molybdenum also helps rid the body of toxins that accumulate when Candida yeast cells die. The die-off process (or Herxheimer reaction) can deplete molybdenum stores very quickly, so it’s important to replace them during your detoxification.

Pantethine

A derivative of vitamin B5, pantethine is vital for healthy detoxification. Pantethine also benefits Candida sufferers by supporting healthy metabolism, particularly when it comes to breaking down acetaldehyde. Acetaldehyde is a nasty chemical that affects your metabolic, endocrine, neurological and immune systems. It’s produced by the Candida yeast during your Candida infestation, and it is also released by yeast cells during die-off.

Pantethine helps to flush this poison from the body by working with other bodily functions that make co-enzyme A, a nutrient required for metabolic function. Acetyl Coenzyme A is the active form of pantothenic acid, and it is formed when coenzyme A combines with the acetate in your cells.

Regular intake of pantethine can lower overall acetaldehyde levels in the body. A study in Japan showed that the pantethine prevented a rise in blood acetaldehyde in people who had ingested alcohol. 

Natural Detoxification Habits

Go Chemical-Free

Reduce the toxic load on your body by switching to organic, natural personal care and household products. Natural alternatives to chemical-laden products are now widely available and better for the environment, too!

Another great tip is to make sure that you air out your house regularly. Try to open a few doors and windows on a regular basis. That fresh air will help to eliminate the VOCs that are off-gassed by carpets, furniture and paint.

Reduce stress

You can’t avoid all of them, but you can learn to manage them more effectively. Daily exercise such as jogging or yoga is a good start, as is mind-body exercises such as deep breathing. Stress can directly affect your digestive system.

Exercise

Exercise activates your lymphatic system and increases the level of oxygen in your bloodstream. This helps to optimize immune function, reduce the Candida colonies in your gut and boost digestive transit time.

Sauna

Sauna treatments increase body temperature, which restricts the survival of viruses and other pathogens. Saunas can also help to increase blood circulation, which oxygenates your cells and assists the removal of toxins from your bloodstream. Not only that, a sauna will open your pores and keep your skin’s elimination pathway running smoothly. Sweating helps to remove toxins and can help to relieve some of the symptoms associated with Candida.

Skin Brushing

This helps to clear away toxic metabolites by stimulating the lymphatic system. Firm but gentle brush strokes across the skin will boost blood circulation, allowing for faster elimination of toxins. Use a brush with natural bristles and start from your feet. Use slow, gentle, circular movements and move up your body, brushing towards your heart.

Detox Yourself Of Candida – Everyday

Detoxification is one of the most important elements of a successful anti-Candida program. With all the toxins we face in everyday life, our body’s natural detoxification pathways can sometimes fall short. That’s why it’s hugely important to give our liver, skin and blood a helping hand!

Reducing the toxic load on your body is a start, but there are real benefits in supplementing body with quality nutrients through diet and supplements. And anyway, who doesn’t love a good sauna?

For more tips on reducing your toxic load, beating Candida, and recovering your health, check out our Ultimate Candida Diet program.